Gerald Smithson      

Full name Gerald Arthur Smithson

Born November 1, 1926, Spofforth, Yorkshire

Died September 6, 1970, Abingdon, Berkshire (aged 43 years 309 days)

Major teams England, Leicestershire, Yorkshire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Gerald Arthur Smithson
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 2 3 0 70 35 23.33 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 200 333 27 6940 169 22.67 8 31 131 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 200 94 117 1 1/26 117.00 7.46 94.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Jan 21-26, 1948 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Feb 11-16, 1948 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1946-1956
Profile

Gerald Arthur Smithson, who died suddenly on September 6, aged 43, played for Yorkshire in 1946 and 1947, his highest innings for the county being 169 against Leicestershire at Leicester in the second year. Conscripted as a Bevin Boy in the mines after the war, he received special permission, after his case had been debated in the House of Commons, to tour the West Indies with the MCC team of 1947--48, taking part in two Test matches. His picture appeared in Wisden 1948, page 38. In 1951 he joined Leicestershire, with whom he remained for six seasons, of which his best was that of 1952 when, by attractive left-hand batting and the aid of two centuries, he hit 1,264 runs, average 28.08. He afterwards served as coach, first at Caterham School and then at Abingdon School, and between 1957 and 1962 he also assisted Hertfordshire.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Latest Photos

Apr 16, 1949

Gerald Smithson (left) and Brian Close display their batting stances at a cricket school at Headingley, April 16, 1949

Gerald Smithson (left) and Brian Close display their batting stances at a cricket school at Headingley

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1947

Yorkshire cricketers Geoffrey Keighley and Gerald Smithson, 1947

Yorkshire cricketers Geoffrey Keighley and Gerald Smithson

© Getty Images

Country Fixtures Country Results
Derbyshire v Worcs at Derby - Aug 31-Sep 3
Derbyshire 356 & 145/2 Worcs 385
Durham v Notts at Chester-le-Street - Aug 31-Sep 3
Durham 253 & 309 Notts 188 & 197/4
Hampshire v Leics at Southampton - Aug 31-Sep 3
Leics 303 Hampshire 497/8
Kent v Glamorgan at Canterbury - Aug 31-Sep 3
Glamorgan 329 & 150/3 Kent 387
Lancashire v Yorkshire at Manchester - Aug 31-Sep 3
Lancashire 278 & 144/2 Yorkshire 610/6d
Middlesex v Warwickshire at Lord's - Aug 31-Sep 3
Warwickshire 362/8d Middlesex 310/6
Somerset v Northants at Taunton - Aug 31-Sep 3
Somerset 314 & 38/0 Northants 448/9d
Surrey v NZ A at The Oval - Aug 31-Sep 2
Match drawn
4th ODI: England v India at Birmingham - Sep 2
India won by 9 wickets (with 117 balls remaining)
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